MEN’S TENNIS FALLS IN BIG SKY TOURNEY SEMIFINALS TO WEBER STATE
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Weber State won the doubles point and three singles matches in straight sets to defeat Sacramento State, 4-1, in the Big Sky Conference Men's Tennis Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at the Gold River Racquet Club.
For the first time since 2008, the Big Sky will crown a champion not named Sacramento State as the Hornets had won five consecutive tournament titles. But Sacramento State, which was the No. 5 seed in the tournament, battled injuries throughout the season and was not able to repeat for a sixth consecutive time.
Instead, Weber State, the No. 1 seed, won its 11th straight match over a Big Sky opponent which includes a 10-0 record during the regular season. The Wildcats (15-9) will take on No. 2 seed Montana for the Big Sky Tournament championship and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Gold River Racquet Club. The second-seeded Grizzlies defeated No. 3 Northern Arizona by a 4-1 score in today's other semifinal match.
Sacramento State had advanced to the semifinals with a dramatic 4-3 quarterfinal win over Montana State last night in a match that ended at 11:40 p.m. The Hornets end the year with a 10-16 record, a 6-4 conference mark, and a 1-1 record at the Big Sky Tournament. The Hornets entered this year's postseason event having won five straight, and 12 Big Sky Tourney titles in the previous 17 years.
In today's match, Weber State won at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to pick up the valuable doubles points. The Wildcats then took a 2-0 lead when Landon Barlow defeated Oliver Andersen at No. 5 by a 6-3, 7-5 score.
The Hornets briefly cut the lead to 2-1 when Marek Marksoo won his match at No. 3 (6-4, 6-3), but Weber State put things away when Sanjay Goswami and Todd Fought won at Nos. 6 and 2, respectively.
Marksoo and Tom Miller, who fell at No. 6, both missed substantial amount of time late in the season with injuries before returning yesterday in the Hornets' quarterfinal match.
Niranjan Ram led the team this year with a 14-10 singles record while Joaquin Marquez was 11-8, Miller 9-8 and Roy Brandys finished 12-12.